Childhood bullying is not a new phenomenon but cyberbullying which is far worse, is relatively new. Bullying means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour.
“Cyberbullying” takes it a step further. According to the R.C.M.P. website, “Cyberbullying involves the use of communication technologies such as the internet, social networking sites, websites, email, text messaging and instant messaging to repeatedly intimidate or harass others.”
If a child was bullied at school, they could come home and feel safe. Unfortunately, with cyberbullying, you cannot escape and thus it can be deeply traumatizing to individuals and in particular to children.
Cyberbullying is a new area in the civil litigation context. I have successfully represented individuals that have been cyberbullied where there has been egregious harm done, such as psychological issues that have ensued or where sexually explicit content has been shared without consent.
Cyberbullying at schools is a significant issue in Ontario today. School should be a place where children want to go to learn, grow and build friendships. It should not be a place of fear or a place where inappropriate behaviour is permitted. If minors are being cyberbullies, there could be liability on their parents and the school depending on the situation.
As the mother of three children, cyberbullying is a significant concern for me. I am constantly teaching my children about what is appropriate social media and what is not but I cannot, of course, shield them from everything and these days, they seem more on top of what’s out there than me. I encourage parents to monitor their children without suffocating them and to stay engaged.
If you feel that your child is being cyberbullied, be sure to do the following:
At Jasmine Daya & Co., we advise victims that are considering a civil lawsuit against cyberbullies. To learn more about your options, call me at 416-967-9100 ext. 234 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
 Online: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cycp-cpcj/bull-inti/index-eng.htm